Bollywood actress in film about Christ in India

Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:09am EST
 
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By Prithwish Ganguly

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat will play an ascetic who befriends Jesus of Nazareth in a U.S. film that revolves around a legend that he visited India.

Filmmaker Drew Heriot's "The Aquarian Gospel" is about Jesus's life between the ages of 13 and 30, a period not documented in the Gospels when legend has it he traveled through India, Tibet and Persia.

Heriot said Sherawat had been the first choice to play the role of the ascetic in the $15-million film, set for release in 2009.

"After viewing her work, we then saw interviews of her and were extremely impressed by her intelligence and her background," Heriot told Reuters in an e-mail over the weekend.

Sherawat created a stir in her Bollywood debut with 17 kissing scenes in "Khwahish." She also played the role of an Indian princess in the Jackie Chan film "The Myth."

The actress said it would be a challenge to bring to life her character as a female yogi in "The Aquarian Gospel."

"I find that in most mythological and spiritual film stories, women seem to be lacking any true wisdom or a sense of humor," Sherawat said in a statement released by her publicist.

"I look forward to bringing both of those qualities to this character."   Continued...

 
<p>Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat laughs at a news conference in Mumbai March 10, 2007. REUTERS/Prashanth Vishwanathan</p>